Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 22, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, August 12, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Vienna (Austria), August 17, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Manchester (England), June 22, 2007.
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp